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Carol Channing and Pearl Bailey: On Broadway (1969)

Not Rated | | Musical | TV Movie 16 March 1969
A one night only performance by two theatrical legends.

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Carol Channing and Pearl Bailey joined forces for a one night only concert on March 16, 1969 and the result is theatrical magic. Carol's distinct effervescence and Pearl's off the cuff remarks when she forgets a lyric are live performance at its best. Written by Anonymous

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I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel To Be Free
Written by Billy Taylor (as William Taylor) and Dick Dallas
Sung by Pearl Bailey and Carol Channing
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Some nice surprises
12 May 2006 | by (New York, NY) – See all my reviews

Carol and Pearl are indeed two theatrical legends although Carol seems the more interesting performer, at least here. Pearl Bailey is at her best when she is mixing it up with her audience using her trademark off-handed remarks. But Carol has more interesting material by and large.

The gimmick, of course, is that both of them played Dolly Levi in "Hello, Dolly!" with Carol originating the part. (Would that she had done the part in the film version instead of a too-young Barbra Streisand who is mentioned at one point!) To my mind, the really pleasant surprises here are Channing's impersonation of Marlene Dietrich, then the "failed" silent screen star "Cecilia Sisson", and, less so, Carmen Miranda which is little more than a throwaway. These add to the sense of Carol's versatility and really make this video worth watching.

The "extra" on this DVD consists of a very brief bloopers excerpt.


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